The union government has assured the citizens that it is taking steps to restore ancestral properties of Kashmiri Hindu migrants who left Kashmir in the wake of the persecution, rape and genocide perpetrated by Muslims in what used to be a state in the early 1990s. So far, nine properties have been given back to the rightful and original owners, the Rajya Sabha was informed on 11 August. Of course, the government did not mention the crimes of Muslims in the statement. It just used the word “violence”.
Replying to a question on 11 August, MoS Nityanand Rai said as many as 520 Hindu migrants had returned to Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, for taking up jobs under the Prime Minister’s development package announced in 2015.
“Regarding restoration of properties in Kashmir to its rightful and original owner, 9 properties have been restored, as per the information provided by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir,” he said.
Under the Jammu-Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection & Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997, district magistrates concerned are the legal custodians of the immovable properties of migrants, who take suo motu action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment. The migrants can request DMs in such cases, the home ministry said on 11 August.
Regarding restoration of properties to its rightful and original owner, nine properties have been restored, as per the information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, he said in a written reply to a question.
Rai said as per the information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, after the abrogation of Article 370, a total of 520 migrants have returned to Kashmir for taking up the jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015.
Replying to another question, the minister said after the abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August 2019, all provisions of the Constitution have been made applicable to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which necessitated changes in existing laws in Jammu-Kashmir by Adaptation Orders so as to conform with the provisions of the Constitution. He said as per the adapted land laws of Jammu and Kashmir, the government may, by notification in the official gazette, allow transfer of land for public purposes such as education, healthcare and charitable purpose.